University of California Davis School of Medicine offers several programs that let students earn dual degrees. Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program must apply through the M.D. program first. Applicants to other dual degree programs (M.D./M.B.A. and M.D./M.P.H.) proceed with their application to either the M.P.H or M.B.A. programs separately from their medical school application. Applicants must be accepted to the medical school in order to be considered for a dual degree program. 

M.D./Ph.D. Program

The mission of the dual M.D./Ph.D. degree program at the UC Davis School of Medicine is to train physician scientists who are especially well-prepared to help meet the evolving scientific, social, ethical, political and humanitarian challenges facing health care. Meeting these challenges requires fundamental training in an area of science in addition to the traditional training received during completion of the M.D. degree.


The School of Medicine offers a joint five-year program for highly qualified students to pursue both the M.D. and the Master of Public Health degrees. The UC Davis M.P.H. program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health. The program includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health services and administration, and social and behavioral science, and prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine.